Authorities and the family of Danielle Jelinek are asking for the public’s help in locating the 27-year-old Oakdale woman.
Jelinek left a private residence in Chisago City on foot in the early morning hours on Sunday, Dec. 9, and has not been seen or heard from since. Because no one has heard from her, authorities are concerned for her welfare, according to a crime alert released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan held a news conference Wednesday afternoon at Moody Lake Park, located near the intersection of Lofton Avenue and 242nd Street in Chisago Lake Township, where volunteers joined authorities in an extensive ground search that lasted until dark. The group, challenged by the deep snow that fell over the weekend, resumed the coordinated search today (Thursday).
Authorities were initially drawn to the case when family requested a welfare check for Danielle at a Chisago City residence where she was reportedly visiting. Duncan said his office has followed up on a number of other leads through individual interviews.
Meantime, authorities are asking people to keep an eye out for Danielle on their properties or other places someone might seek shelter. They and family members are urging anyone with information about Danielle’s disappearance or whereabouts to call 911 or the Chicago County Sheriff’s Office at 651-257-4100.
“She never goes a day without talking to her mom,” a shaken family member said Wednesday. In fact, family noted it’s highly unusual for Danielle to leave over an extended amount of time without notifying anyone.